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Partnership formed to prevent domestic violence homicides

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A new partnership will change the way police officers deal with victims of domestic violence.

Louisville Metro Police teamed up with the Center for Women and Families and the Mary Byron Project to form a program aimed at ending domestic violence related homicides.

When an officer arrives on the scene of a domestic violence call they will ask the victim a series of questions. If the answers make the officer feel that the victim is in high danger they will encourage the victim to call a crisis counselor.

"96 percent of domestic violence victims never had access to a domestic violence shelter." The Center for Women and Families President Marta Miranda said,  "And the police now has the tool to connect that person, that victim at risk in that moment in time, to an advocate"

More than 140 agencies across the county have adopted the lethality assessment program.

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